Busy, busy, busy……

Written by ralph on January 9th, 2010. Posted in Ralph's blog

It has been a hectic 36 hours due to the snow fall.

As well as acting as the coordinator for 4X4 Response providing emergency transport for hospital staff we have also been out in the snow ferrying people in the disco.

We have deployed 10 different vehicles over the last 3 days and transported over 20 key medical staff into hospital and back home.  Many of the roads were in a very poor state with some drivers going through 18″+ of ‘virgin’ snow.  At the same time vehicles have also been deployed across the county ferrying key staff on behalf of the Ambulance trust

The disco has performed well staring every time and running smoothly.  The ‘new’ engine has nearly completed 2000 miles without any problems.

Due to this activity I have not managed any progress on the car.

Update on progress

Written by ralph on December 23rd, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Days to go : 283

With Christmas nearly here, there hasn’t been a lot of progress.

Norfolk & Suffolk 4X4 Response was on standby all through the weekend on behalf of the East Anglian Ambulance Trust, because of the snow.  As a result, and because the fuel tanks are now behaving themselves, I refitted all my kit back in the boot (taking a few pictures and adding an article of course) so that I was ready if required.

The other day I did remove the mesh floor and hi-lift bracket from the roofrack in preparation for modifications to take the roof tent.

The last couple of days I have been ‘fettling’ with the website to finally get it the way I like it.  There are still a few more tweaks I would like too add but I need to find suitable modules first.

 

Nice day out testing my bits :o)

Written by ralph on December 13th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Sunday 13th December 2009

Days to go : 293

Yesterday I managed to finish the mammoth install of the 2 fuel tanks (full details are in the modifications section), and so, with 160 litres of freshly filtered vegetable oil on board we set off for a few hours playing at Beeston pit.

Although soft and muddy the rough terrain gave me a chance to test the terra firma suspension ( which was excellent Smile), the ground clearance of the new tank (which didn’t seem to it anything Laughing) and the awning (which provided cover for nearly everybody at one point Surprised).

A good day seemed to be had by all.

Now a few gratuitous pictures to test the new ‘gallery’ plugin.  Seems to work fine Laughing.

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{becssg_c}0|Hiding from the rain.JPG|How many people can you get under an awning|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|Under the awning.JPG|Testing the new Hannibal awning|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|Tom in the mud.JPG|Tom trying out his disco off-road for the first time|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|Tom uphill.JPG|Tom trying out his disco off-road for the first time|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|The playground.JPG|The Pit in all its glory|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|On the hill.JPG|Posing on the hill|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

{becssg_c}0|Splashing in the puddles.JPG|Nice deep puddles|Beeston Pit December 2009 – 4X4 Response assessment day{/becssg_c}

 

 

A day of annoyance

Written by ralph on December 11th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Friday 11th December 2009.

Days to go : 295

Today was spent mainly swearing at a fuel tank Frown.  I have spent several hours today trying to fit a 120 litre replacement fuel tank and a 35 litre ‘fill through’ wing tank from Safari Equip.  Trust me when I say it was not easy……

The main tank fitted fairly easily but the wing tank is currently still supported on the trolley jack, although most of the plumbing is connected.  3 hours of scraped knuckles, back ache and a few new swear words and it still isn’t fitted.

Despite what their website states, Safari Equip do not provide fitting instructions Frown.  This leads to a fair bot of guess work.  I hope to finish the job tomorrow and I shall write a full article and add a link here when I have finished.

A bit more fettling

Written by ralph on December 8th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Tuesday, 8th December 2009.

Days to go : 298

CompassNot much to report today although I did spend a bit of time ‘playing’ with the Silva compass.  I mounted it in the centre of the dashboard using two windscreen mirror ‘stickies’

It does come with 4 fixing screws which I may fit later for added security.

I will write an equipment review later and add a link here.

The other day I replaced the Transmission oil temp sender as I had a permanent warning light on.

This is an easy job and I have provided details here.

 

Small progress with roofrack

Written by ralph on December 4th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Friday, 04 December 2009

Days to go : 302

I hope to keep this blog going to keep you informed of the progress of the preparation for our upcoming Sahara trip and provide links to the general running, modifications and other articles added to the site.

Elsewhere I have outlined the modifications already in place on the disco.  3 days ago I acquired a Howling Moon 1.4m Tourer Rooftent off ebay. For this to fit I have to modify the roof rack.

I have already removed the waffles boards and holders off the sides and today I removed the mesh ‘flooring’ in readiness for cutting the sides down (more later)

The deposit has now been paid to Atlas Overland so we now feel that the trip is a bit more of a certainty.

I am driving around using the small (22l) auxiliary fuel tank at the moment as I am trying to keep the main tank empty.  Next week I am expecting a 115 litre replacement main tank which I will fit with a 35 litre wing tank from Safari equip.   I hadn’t intended to replace the main tank but, after a mix up by the company I was offered a really good price and decided to go for it.

I will provide details of the roofrack mods and tent fitting as well as how I got on with the tanks in later articles.